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Dumont vicinity Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This is an area near I-70 and Dumont that has a few crags. There are at least 7 climbable crags in the vicinty and probably more. This entry will help facilitate adding additional crags, so it winds up being sort of an organizational entry.

There is granite and gneiss in this area. Some of the land is private, so be respectful of these issues.

Mill Creek follows the road and is a pleasant after climbing spot to cool down.

Parking is somewhat limited. Spots along the Frontage Road are posted as "no parking", so pay attention here. Parking along Mill Creek Road is also limited.

Getting There 

From the east, drive up I-70 west of Idaho Springs to exit 235. For the crags north of I-70, the National Forest boundary is ~2.2 miles north up Mill Creek Road.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.7 miles from here

50 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',4],['5.9',8],['5.10',11],['5.11',13],['5.12',10],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dumont vicinity

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dumont vicinity:
The Dirty Boulevard   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Mill Creek Crag
Freeway   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Mill Creek Crag
The Pit of Despair   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Mill Creek Crag
Smokin' John (submitted as Roof Rack)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Mill Creek Crag
Groper   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Mill Creek Crag
Features on a Landscape   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Mill Creek Dome
Prowler   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mill Creek Block
Feline Antics   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Mill Creek Crag
Deflator-Mouse   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mill Creek Crag
Sweet Petite   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mill Creek Crag
Turning Point   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Mill Creek Crag
El Gato Monte   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Mill Creek Block
Mufasa    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Mill Creek Block
Eye of the Tiger   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Mill Creek Crag
How Can A Monkey Jump Over The Ocean ?   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Mill Creek Dome
The Strike   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Mill Creek Block
Scantily Trad   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Mill Creek Crag
The Power Stripper   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Mill Creek Dome
Sadhaka Yogi, aka The Seeker   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Mill Creek Dome
Lou Reed    5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Mill Creek Crag
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Featured Route For Dumont vicinity
Rock Climbing Photo: Rope is on the route.

Eye of the Tiger 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Colorado : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Crag
Climb up the triangular rust-colored face on excellent granite. Movement on Eye of the Tiger is cool, and the route is well-protected. The climbing gets progressively more difficult approaching the crux roof. Sequencing through the roof took some time to figure out but was kick to solve....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: 3 climbs all bolted, good rock, face climbing, sha...
BETA PHOTO: 3 climbs all bolted, good rock, face climbing, sha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Another crag, Mill Creek Dome, above and accessed ...
Another crag, Mill Creek Dome, above and accessed ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Info for the 3 Mill Creek areas.
BETA PHOTO: Info for the 3 Mill Creek areas.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall colors in the Mill Creek drainage.
Fall colors in the Mill Creek drainage.
Rock Climbing Photo: NW face of the upper crag.
NW face of the upper crag.
Rock Climbing Photo: Interesting looking line.  13 bolts.
Interesting looking line. 13 bolts.

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By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Nov 6, 2011
I was up working on the roof routes at MCD today. A woman from the cabin downstream approached with her two guard dogs and asked if I was climbing on the dome above. I responded that "yes ma'am. I was just getting ready to head up". Her response caught me off guard: "Oh, that's wonderful", she said. "Have you seen the goats, they come down from Mt. Evans." I thought I had stepped through a time warp.
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Jun 26, 2012
It would seem to me that Harald and Diana have been lots more busy than myself in getting routes established at the Dumont crags!!!
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Aug 5, 2013
Re: DoNstamos question; "I have ambitions to put up that big horizontal roof crack and the first crack pitch leading up to it. I just wanted to see if that's not something you are sussing out, I may give her. I think it can go clean. Let me know if you got your eyes on that, I'll cool my jets."

I have twice checked out the crack/roof system, and I rapped over it once. I am confident that it will go free as would several other lines through the roof. The main crack on the left would be stellar. Furthermore, there are many other potentially fine routes to be done on this crag. While the big tree that fell over the creek provides easy access, what I found in checking it out was discouraging. The approach is a major thrash through a lot of nasty briar, tumbled trees, and tangled vegetation. The crag itself and the face below the roof would require a huge amount of cleaning. I have yet to discover an easy way to get things set up just to get started. One could carve out a path from the fallen tree to the crag, which would be a good start, but the overall work involved in getting the roof crack established would be daunting. So at this point, I have no further plans to touch it.
By Donovan Allen
From: Subaru
Aug 20, 2013
Richard - Thank you for the feedback. You're right about it being daunting. We'll see if I still have the drive to go through with it in about a month. I'd love to at least get an anchor station set up below the roof where my belayer could belay comfortably and clear a trail/ clean the (potential) first pitch. Perhaps I'll rap it myself. Did a single 70m work? Also, keep slaying the rock dragon, you're routes are great and the work/ money you put in is greatly appreciated by myself and my friends who live up Mill Creek. Thanks again. If ever you need help and I'm in the area, don't hesitate to ask.
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Aug 21, 2013
On my one rap in, I used a 100 meter static line off one of the Cedar trees above. Just hiking up was nasty. 70 meters would certainly get you over the roof and probably touch ground.
By Harald Harb
From: Dumont
Aug 27, 2016
Diana and I started putting routes and anchors up on Mill Creek Crag in 2008. We found one old rusty piton on a upper crack route, center to the right of the upper "Freeway" crack. Lots of top rope variations there off the freeway anchors, thin face hold climbing opportunities on the upper ledge. Climbing the piton crack on gear and top rope several times, it goes at about 5-9+. Cams at the bottom are good, but small brass stoppers go in well at or near the top. You need that one for sure, or you will and back down on the ledge, if you come off, pulling the small ledge to the anchors, and, also more to the right of the crack, if you want to do laps, it goes anywhere from 5-10 to 5-11 practice. Great for a cold fall day fun, in the sun.

The most recent routes are all Richard Wright, one day I called Richard to ask about the crux on Halidome's 6 pitch route, (he put up) while we were discussing, I told him about our little climbing area at Mill Creek. He immediately came up and started working the routes, the rest is history. Diana and I did mostly everything on top rope or trad gear the first few years. Richard started bolting like mad, and thanks to him we now have a super climbing area on Mill Creek.

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